Video Series: Fertile Ground

The Tribune’s Fertile Ground series examines the Texas Legislature’s deep funding cuts to family planning for low-income women and the ripple effects being felt in communities statewide. From the evolution of state and federally subsidized contraception to the battle over Planned Parenthood to the cost of unplanned pregnancies, our six-part series is the most comprehensive look yet at the politics of reproductive health in Texas.

Measuring the Effects of State Family Planning Cuts

The first part in our occasional series examining the battle over family planning in Texas considers the impact of lawmakers' orders to reduce spending on birth control and cancer screenings. A UT-Austin research group is beginning to track the fallout.
CREDITS: Reporting by Thanh Tan, Video by Justin Dehn, Axel Gerdau, C-SPAN, Texas House, Photos by Bob Daemmrich, Callie Richmond, Todd Wiseman, Edited by Justin Dehn, Thanh Tan, Todd Wiseman, Graphics by Todd Wiseman

Texas vs. Planned Parenthood

In part two of "Fertile Ground," we go to West Texas to look at a fight that has centered on Planned Parenthood.
CREDITS: Reporting by Thanh Tan, Video by Heather Courtney, Justin Dehn, Axel Gerdau, Jay Root, Todd Wiseman, KOSA-TV, Photos by Bob Daemmrich, Callie Richmond, Edited by Justin Dehn, Thanh Tan, Todd Wiseman, Graphics by Todd Wiseman

Should Texas Play Role in Family Planning?

A historical look at the role of government in family planning — a long-standing women's health initiative that has become entangled in the battle over abortion.
CREDITS: Reporting by Thanh Tan, Video by Justin Dehn, Axel Gerdau, John Jordan, Todd Wiseman, Photos by Bob Daemmrich, Callie Richmond, Erich Schlegel, Jacob Villanueva, Edited by Justin Dehn, Thanh Tan, Todd Wiseman, Graphics by Todd Wiseman

The State of Abortion in Texas

How has abortion shifted public policy around family planning in Texas in recent years — and where is the political battle headed next?
CREDITS: Reporting by Thanh Tan, Video by Justin Dehn, Axel Gerdau, Ariel Min, Thanh Tan, Todd Wiseman, Photos by Bob Daemmrich, Ariel Min, Jacob Villanueva, Edited by Justin Dehn, Thanh Tan, Todd Wiseman, Graphics by Todd Wiseman

Where Did Texas Lawmakers Divert Funding?

We explore the fallout from the Texas Legislature's decision last year to shift two-thirds of family planning funds to other causes, including crisis pregnancy centers.
CREDITS: Reporting by Thanh Tan, Video by Justin Dehn, Ariel Min, Thanh Tan, Todd Wiseman, Edited by Justin Dehn, Thanh Tan, Todd Wiseman, Graphics by Todd Wiseman

The Price of Unplanned Pregnancies

We consider the costs to communities and taxpayers of the state's high rate of unplanned pregnancies among poor, uninsured Texans.
CREDITS: Reporting by Thanh Tan, Video by Justin Dehn, Chris Wilkinson, Todd Wiseman, Edited by Thanh Tan, Todd Wiseman, Graphics by Todd Wiseman

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